Paul Simpson says he is focused on rebuilding Carlisle United both for the short and long term.

The Blues are hoping to make more inroads in the transfer market soon as they aim to revamp their squad after relegation.

United have so far signed defender Aaron Hayden and remain in pursuit of a number of other signings.

Manager Simpson has said that recruiting players who can become established figures in United progress over a period of time is the aim.

But he also said the short term is vital if United are to get back on a positive course.

“We are looking long term. We're looking at this season and the following season,” he said.

“The truth of it is that we have to do this next season properly, and that’s all we’re focusing on [right now].”

News and Star: Aaron Hayden is United's only summer signing so farAaron Hayden is United's only summer signing so far (Image: PA)

United floundered in League One last season but are setting their sights on an immediate bounce-back in 2024/25.

Simpson says going back up the divisions and coping better than in 2023/24 will be far from easy.

But he hopes Carlisle’s extra resources under the Piataks will give them a better chance.

“It's a big challenge,” he said.

“I think as the years have gone on, there's a big step from League Two to League One.

“I think there's a big step from League One to Championship and there's a huge step from Championship to Premier League. That's why teams who go up generally have a struggle.

“There is a challenge there. It's something that, maybe, if a new TV deal [from the Premier League] ever gets agreed, that might just balance out a little bit.

“We are really fortunate with the new ownership group that we have got some extra finances that will certainly help us.

“Whether it actually gets us to where we want to do, it will definitely help us and that's a massive bonus for us in this position.”